Monday, December 6, 2010

Latest Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu the full report

Sadly, death dominates news from Bali this week. A 19-year-old Bali man was stabbed to death, allegedly by a security guard, at the Bounty Disco in Kuta and a 49-year-old Irish expatriate leapt to his death from the cliffs of Uluwatu. Not fatal, but with harmful intent, is the shooting of a Balinese tour guide by an Australian man in East Bali last Thursday.

Less dramatic coverage includes the closure of a busy street in Kuta every Saturday night to vehicle traffic; donations of blood by Bali Taxi drivers for victims of Indonesian natural disasters; increases in ferry tariffs between Java and Bali; and a report from Denpasar's immigration chief regarding the difficulties in capturing illegal foreign workers.

Bali's statisticians have come round to a projection made by four months ago. And, Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have signed a codeshare agreement for flights between Singapore and Bali.

There's two interviews in this weeks Bali Update. We talk to a French celebrity chef now in residence at the AYANA Resort Bali and Gaia Grant on the re-release of her book on Bali – "A Patch of Paradise."

Plans to build a toll way connection Denpasar and Nusa Dua appear to be moving ahead and taking shape.

CNN has named the rooftop SOS Anantara Restaurant among a list of eateries with the most exotic views.

People are angry. Read our mailbag containing emails from people unhappy with plans by Indonesian Customs officials to strictly enforce limits on the value of personal luggage brought into the country.

And, on a brighter note, look at this installment of "Bali: Pretty as a Picture" containing lovely faces captured by Joe Kennedy Photography.

Thank you to Virgin Blue Airlines, Gending Kedis and Bali Theatre at the Bali Safari and Marine Park for making this edition of Bali Update possible!

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